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Michael Faraday - N7 - M.F. Michael Faraday - N7

Plaque: Michael Faraday - N7 - M.F.

Erection date: 1906


M. F.

This extremely unusual memorial is a brass plate, only 4 or 5 inches across, fixed in the parquet floor at the site of Faraday’s pew when this telephone exchange was a Sandemanian chapel.

Site: Michael Faraday - N7 (2 memorials)

N7, Faraday Close, 7, North Telephone Exchange

We heard that there was a plaque on the Sandemanian Chapel where Michael Faraday was an Elder. We could see nothing on the outside of the building which has been converted into a BT telephone exchange. So we contacted BT, and Keith Lovell of their Connected Earth very kindly arranged a visit for us. On the day Pagget Lewis (helpfully pointing in our picture) and some of his colleagues were extremely helpful and located the floor plaque for us, and confirmed that there is supposed to be another, more substantial plaque, on the wall marking the location of the preaching platform, and unveiled by Lord Kelvin. Given all the electrical equipment installed there are strict H&S rules in place and it is not easy to examine all the wall space. So, in summary, we are delighted to have captured this plaque but disappointed not to have the other one.

And then: Via Facebook Comments Peter Berthoud of Discovering London told us that the other plaque is now in the Royal Institution's collection. It used to be mounted above a public telephone in their Albermarle Street reception area. When this pay-phone was removed the plaque was moved into the object store. We thought that was the end of the story but then we were contacted by John Chenery of BT telling us that BT's online digital archive had a photo of the plaque ( finding number: TCB 417/E 9368) and we use that image courtesy of BT Archives. Wonderful - thanks to everyone who assisted in this hunt.

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Michael Faraday - N7 - M.F.

Information Subjects commemorated

Sandemanian chapel

The Sandemanians were a Christian sect founded by John Glas in Scotland and s...

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Michael Faraday

Experimental physicist, especially electro-magnetics (remember Faraday's Law?...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Michael Faraday - N7 - M.F.

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Lord Kelvin

Mathematical physicist and engineer. Born Belfast. His family moved to Glasgo...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Michael Faraday - N7 - M.F.

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Michael Faraday - N7 - plaque

This plaque was first erected in the Sandemanian Chapel, at the same time, 19...

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